All About Creating

I’ve been on a creativity kick.
I finished the 21-Day Creativity Challenge running through Rose Hughes’ Facebook page. Every day she posted a word and the participants drew whatever the word inspired, but only for five minutes.
Although I love the idea of sketching, I didn’t love this challenge. I discovered I’m much more of a look at it and draw it girl than a think about it and draw it girl. Color would have helped too. I thought about adding colored pencil to my sketches and didn’t. Note to self for the future: add color.
After that I read Steal Like an Artist by Austin Cleon. I’d seen the hype about this book and had to wait a few weeks for it to come in through the library. There was a waiting list.
I have to say I wasn’t impressed, largely because I’d heard it all before. I didn’t find anything new here. I did appreciate Cleon’s brevity. I read the book in about 30 minutes.
If you haven’t read a lot of books on the creative process, you will likely get a lot out of this one. If you have, stick with The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield or The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe. Both are excellent books.
After that I got back to watching my Craftsy class and sewing.
Thinking about creating is fine, but you still have to show up and do the work.

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One Response to All About Creating

  1. sandydh says:

    Have you done Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way? It’s extensive, but I got a tremendous amount out of it. I also read through her second book and started the third, but never finished. Neither of them had the same impact on me that the first one did. I also read Tharp but didn’t get as much out of it as Cameron. I’m glad to hear what you think about Steal Like an Artist–I’d also heard a lot about it but I don’t think I’ll bother after reading your thoughts. I’ll check out The War of Art.

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